• Cyril McAree

Further Visitor Growth At Hook Lighthouse During 2019

Hook Lighthouse has recorded another increase in visitor numbers throughout 2019. In total some 277,044 visitors took a trip to the 800-year-old lighthouse in the tip of the Hook Peninsula in County Wexford last year, increasing the visitor number by 5.5% since 2018, which sees the tourism growth maintained at this percentage rate since 2017.

The visitors were from Ireland and all across the world. UK visitor numbers are down by 1% on 2018 however the team at Hook Lighthouse has been working diligently to attract visitors from other markets across the world.

73% of visitors to Hook Lighthouse are from across Ireland with 27 % arriving to tour the lighthouse from all across the globe. The number of visitors from the USA was the highest at 7% followed by 6% of visitors from the UK with 2.5% from Germany and 7% from the rest of Europe and the remaining 4.5% from the rest of the world.

Hook Lighthouse is presently the most popular tourist attraction in Wexford and the third most popular in the South East region, coming in third after the Rock of Cashel and Kilkenny Castle respectively.

Commenting on the hugely positive year, Acting Manager at Hook Lighthouse Lorraine Waters said; “' We are delighted to maintain a strong increase in visitor numbers. Attracting visitors to Hook and the region is a primary goal at Hook Lighthouse and encouraging longer dwell times and attracting visitors to stay in the area is a key tactic, it is not only beneficial for Hook Lighthouse but the entire region. We have worked very closely with Failte Ireland this year and the Taste The Island Programme with our bespoke sunrise and sunset tour experiences and winning the best breakfast menu in Ireland was a real highlight and something which really put us on the map for our commitment to serving the best local produce.”

We have great plans for 2020, we have a variety of events on offer and we will continue our focus on our Eco-Education Station and ecological messaging along with showcasing the deep heritage that Hook Lighthouse has to offer.

On February 1st and 2nd, the free Imbolc festival will take place offering a variety of free talks, workshops and an exclusive Sunrise Tour and Food Experience. For further details see www.hookheritage.ie

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